Wheelchair accessible Cape Town.
A beautiful and wheelchair-friendly dream destination.
What comes up first to your mind when you think of Cape Town? Table Mountain, the African penguins, V & A Waterfront, Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, Green Point Stadium, Muizenberg, Camps Bay, breathtaking landscapes, surfers, sharks, whales, baboons and much more – welcome to South Africa!
I’ve already been to Cape Town once before, back in 2013. For three days only, but anyway, that was still enough time to fall in love with this amazing city! To celebrate my brother’s master’s degree, I decided to surprise him and to take him on a trip to Cape Town with me. So, on March 5th our adventure began! We flew with British Airways from Munich to London and from there to Cape Town. The flight took about 11 hours and went smoothly. Once arrived at the airport, we went to Europcar Car Rentals in order to get the car I’d already booked in advance. The next twelve days on the beautiful Western Cape flew by much too fast! We discovered so many incredible wheelchair accessible spots I’d like to share with you!
Cape Town and the surrounding areas are pretty wheelchair accessible. Almost all major tourist attractions provide a good service for wheelchair users. Most importantly, I always found wheelchair accessible restrooms. There surely are things to improve, like high pavements, but basic accessibility is given. Most people we met were very friendly and always offered to help.
Wheelchair Accessibility Check – Cape Town
Camps Bay Beach Promenade
Canal Walk Shopping Center
Cape of Good Hope
Cape Point – Table Mountain National Park
Chapman’s Peak Drive
Citytour Sightseeing Bus
Glen Beach (Victoria Parking)
Green Point Park
Two Oceans Aquarium
V & A Waterfront
Waterfront Food Market
Less wheelchair accessible
Cape Point Ostrich Farm
(steps at the entrance)
(bumpy pathways with pebble stones)
Drakenstein Lion Park (sandy/bumpy pathways)
Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden
(some very steep paths)
Long Street – Cape Town
Not wheelchair accessible
(but still there’s a wheelchair access sign!!!)
Where we stayed
The A Tuscan Villa Guesthouse in Fish Hoek was our home for the first 6 nights. One of the rooms is completely wheelchair accessible – the Boulders Room. There’s enough space for a wheelchair user and the spacious bathroom is just perfect with its roll-in shower. The beds are height-adjustable to fit different needs. The owners, Anita and Jeremy Rice, are very friendly, helpful and caring hosts. The breakfast buffet was delicious including freshly prepared fruit salad, pastries, cereals, porridge, toast, cheese, yoghurt and a cooked English breakfast. Fish Hoek is in the near of Boulders Beach with its African penguins as well as the Cape of Good Hope, Muizenberg, and other famous spots, so therefore it was a perfect “home base” for us. See for yourself:
For the second part of our holiday we moved closer to the Cape Town City Center and stayed in a wheelchair accessible AirBnB-apartment. I have to admit that the accessibility could have been better, especially the bathroom was not perfect for wheelchair users. However, with the help of my brother everything went fine.
There soon will be follow-ups with detailed information about the wheelchair accessibility of almost all major tourist attractions in and around Cape Town, for example Boulders Beach, the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway as well as the Victoria & Albert Waterfront. So come back soon…!
Have you already been to Cape Town or do you plan to travel there? Please let me know your thoughts by leaving a comment below or by sending a private message. I promise to answer in person :-)!